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Wentworth Miller is a true inspiration.
As you'll recall, the Prison Break actor chose to come out of the closet by declining an invitation to the St. Petersburg International Film Festival due to Russia's treatment and attitude toward the LGBT community.
Saturday night, Miller revealed an even deeper secret at the Human Rights Campaign Dinner. He told the audience seated in Seattle that his first suicide attempt occurred when he was only 15 years old.
Only 15 years old. Awful.
"…you only cry for help if there is help to cry for."
If that doesn't chill you to the bone, we don't know what will.
He also went on to discuss the torture he felt as a closeted actor in Hollywood, describing the pain he endured as he so badly wanted to a role model for someone else, or as he said it:
"…to be the someone else, that no one was to me."
And you are, Wentworth. You definitely are now thanks to your courageous actions.
Not only did he stand up to an oppressive country, he continues to shed light on his deepest secrets in hopes of helping others understand that we're not alone and that this is how far society's shaming has taken us.
You should be proud, Miller. Extremely proud.
If U or anyone U know is dealing with suicidal thoughts, please don't hesitate to call 1-800-273-8255 for a different perspective. They can help and they want to help. You are loved.
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